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China firm launch Huawei Mate
20 Series into Kenyan market

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies on Tuesday launched the anticipated Huawei Mate 20 Series to users in Kenya.

Steven Li, head of Huawei Eastern Africa Mobile, said during the launch in Nairobi that consumer expectations are on the rise, noting that Huawei is leading the rapid development of technologies that help improve device performance to satisfy those needs.

"The Huawei Mate 20 Pro offers consumers a compelling combination of high performance, longer battery life, advanced security, and a greater photography and videography experience through its Leica Ultra-Wide Angle Lens camera," Li noted.

He said the device is powered by its own in-house designed Kirin 980 artificial intelligence (AI) chip, which is fabricated with leading 7nm process technology that packs 6.9 billion transistors into a form factor the size of a fingernail.

"The appliance is equipped with a 40MP main camera, a 20MP ultra wide-angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera.

"Together, the trio of lenses supports a wide range of focal lengths enabling it to mimic the results from professional cameras," Li said.

He added that the wider perspective creates a sense of spaciousness and a three-dimensional effect to the images.

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NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Nakhulo Khaimia [left], Huawei’s Head of Marketing Communication, Steven Li [second left] Derrick Alenga, Huawei’s Training Manager display the newly launched Huawei Mate 20 Pro in Nairobi. XINHUA PHOTO - CHARLES ONYANGO
The gadget packs extraordinary features including the world’s first Leica ultra-wide-angle triple camera, reverse charging and other features in collaboration with diagnostic testing and condition monitoring.

The new camera system also supports macro distance, which produces crisp images of objects that are laces as closed as 2.5 cm from the lens and in addition also features an AI Portrait Color video mode.

The phone also features an in-screen fingerprint sensor to achieve better speed and success rates by pinpointing the location of a user’s finger on the screen, and removing the on-screen prompt immediately when a user removes their finger.


Huawei accredits Kenyan university as ICT academy center

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Chinese telecom firm Huawei on Thursday accredited Kenya’s Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA)as an Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Academy Center.

Speaking at the ceremony, Stephen Mbugua, Vice Chancellor of CUEA welcomed the partnership and expressed his hopes that it would help enrich the training of computer science students.

"CUEA was chosen for this partnership due to its strengths in being located in a serene environment, excellent facilities and related resources," Mbugua said.

With the memorandum of understanding (MoU), the university is now certified and authorized by Huawei to deliver official technical and certification training to its students using the Huawei authorized training curriculum and tools.

Mbugua noted that the partnership with the Chinese firm will go a long way in building ICT talent in Kenya and Africa at large.

Su Shuqi, the manager in charge of training and certification at Huawei noted that the training would greatly help to bridge the gap between academia and industry.

In September 2018, the university achieved the status of a "Huawei Authorized Information and Network Academy" (HAINA).

This means the university is certified and authorized by Huawei to deliver official technical and certification training to its students using the Huawei authorized training curriculum and tools.

Mbugua noted that at the moment, some of the lecturers in science department of the university are already trained by Huawei to offer the curricula.

According to CUEA some of its ICT lecturers are on their way to attaining the "Huawei Certified Academy Instructor" (HCAI) status.

This means an individual who has been certified by Huawei as an instructor remains in good standing, and is currently sponsored by a Huawei Authorized Information and Network Academy.

Chinese investments help boost employment
opportunities across Africa - says IFC official

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Chinese investments are boosting employment opportunities in Africa, an official from a member of the World Bank group said on Tuesday.

Manuel Moses, Kenya country manager at International Finance Corporation (IFC), which focused on the private sector in developing countries, told Xinhua in Nairobi that Chinese investors are playing a positive role in the manufacturing, construction and power sectors.

"The Chinese private sector is very dynamic because they don’t see the risk that other people see in Africa because they take a long view of Africa," Moses said during the launch of the Seventh Edition of the Africa CEO Forum.

The event was jointly organized by Kenya Private Sector Alliance, IFC and the Rwanda Development Board.

Moses said IFC is also keen to facilitate any group of foreign investors who see opportunities in Africa.

He said that given the level of development of both China and Africa the two regions are natural partners who can complement each other.

Moses noted that China is taking its rightful place in Africa by making investments that boost the continent’s productive capacity.

IFC is currently working with Chinese firms across in the east African region. In Rwanda, IFC is partnering with Chinese firms to develop an affordable housing project for some 10,000 households.

In Tanzania, the IFC is also building a hotel and building complex in the country’s largest city Dar es Salaam.

Moses urged Chinese firms to bring their advanced technology to Africa.



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